You’ll be Future Proofing Your Communications
TAGS: 4K Videoconferencing | Conference Room Audio Video | Conference Room Cameras | Video Conferencing Solutions
It's not that long ago when holding a video conference call could be a painful experience that sometimes wasn't worth the trouble. Fast Internet speeds, rapid improvement in camera technology, and advances in video encoding technology has made high-resolution communication over the Internet reliable, easy, and accessible through many software platforms.
But just as 4K TVs – with quadruple the resolution of standard high definition TV – are now inexpensive and mainstream, 4K video conferencing is on the brink of becoming mainstream too. Portable devices like smartphones and laptops go through faster upgrade cycles than other equipment, so it is in these products that we have seen camera resolution and communication capability rapidly advance, bringing the ability to hold 4K calls. As these devices sell in the many millions, they make it cheaper to incorporate the same advances into business equipment. In the past couple of years, vendors such as Logitech, Aver, Panacast, and even Dolby have introduced 4K capable conferencing equipment for the meeting room.
You might ask – why do I really need 4K video conferencing equipment for my Irving meeting rooms? Isn’t HD good enough? Perhaps, but we have some compelling reasons why you would want to upgrade your existing installation.
Here Are the Right Questions To Ask
TAGS: Control4 Dealer | Smart Home Automation | Smart Home Designer
So 2019 is the year you have decided to take the plunge into home automation. Perhaps you’ve dabbled with smart devices like Amazon Echo speakers and a Nest thermostat. You know there’s a wealth of options when it comes to smart home devices and control, but you don’t want a cobbled together system that requires too much fussing.
You are thinking that when the hot weather comes to Plano, your motorized shades will block the sun automatically on the correct side of the house and your lights and thermostat adjust accordingly while you're at work, and it all happens seamlessly. You may want a particular scene set with lights, music, and temperature when you arrive home in the evening after work.
Putting this all together requires some planning. Sure, there are do-it-yourself approaches that can do these types of things for you, but if you go that route, you will be your own IT person. In other words, if something isn’t working right, you will be calling yourself to fix the problem.
The truth is, many home automation installations can get complex. Making everything work together well – and consistently – involves planning, choosing the right technology, and expertise in programming and installation. For anything other than the simplest setups, you want an experienced home automation company that works with the best products and has the expertise to handle design, installation, and after-sale service. Read on to learn about the most important questions to ask when choosing a home automation company to add smart technology to your Plano home.
Touchscreen Monitors Are Naturally Intuitive for Interactive Applications
TAGS: Business Collaboration | Collaborative Learning | Digital Signage | Digital Wayfinding | Interactive Display
Of course, we love touchscreens. We spend a good part of our day on them on smartphones and tablets. And touchscreens are seemingly also invading our car infotainment systems too because we are so used to using them in other contexts. Just about everyone has something with a touchscreen – a smartphone, tablet, or other devices, and in many school districts in Texas, kids are getting iPads and tablets as early as the third grade. Even for older people not well-steeped in technology, a well-designed touch interface can be easy to figure out.
In the past, we've discussed the benefits of touchscreen monitors and interfaces for business collaboration. While there are clear benefits for business applications, there are other interactive applications where you want the user to have zero learning curve.
This month, we’d like to recap why touchscreen monitors are excellent for interactive applications in Dallas and some different solutions where you can employ them.
Hint: You Have To Get Control of the Light
TAGS: Home Theater Design | Lighting Control | Lutron | Media Room Design | Motorized Shades
To get the most out of a home theater or media room, you need to get a lot of details right. It’s not just about the speakers. It’s not just about the AV receiver and amplifiers. It's not just about the seating and the décor. It's not all about the projector and the size of the screen. Yes, all those things are essential and important, but other details are sometimes overlooked, and failure to address them can lead to a subpar experience no matter how much you spend on the aforementioned areas.
What are we talking about? It’s taking control of the light. Just as a light shining in the wrong area, a screen with a reflection, or a dim picture would ruin a movie experience in a commercial theater, it can also happen in yours. Moreover, you don't always have the luxury of designing a room specifically for a home theater, so you will need to contend with windows and lighting as the room may have other uses.
The good news is that with the right attention to detail, in the choice of lighting, screens, projectors, colors, and materials, you can optimize your Plano home theater installation, even if the room isn’t optimal. Read on to see how the right choices can help you master the light in your home theater.